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Apple Outrages Users By Automatically Installing U2's Album On Their Devices

Grizzley9 FWP (600 comments)

If this isn't the most First World Problem I've heard of, I just don't know. Of course it's there if you chose automatic downloads. Of course it will show up on some menu as being available to download. This story is manufactured outrage for clicks and I, sadly, fell for it.

2 days ago
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Justice Sotomayor Warns Against Tech-Enabled "Orwellian" World

Grizzley9 Just now? (163 comments)

She's worried that common, private citizens can get camera drones and fly them above your property as if that ability wasn't available before now in multiple forms? What about governments doing it since we've had satellites? So does having 4 blades matter vs 2? As a land owner and private citizen, is she ready to a) accept that I own this column of earth above and below? b) to what heights do I own c) what rights is she now going to work towards removing to rid us of this scary, old thing?

3 days ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Grizzley9 Re:What spam calls? (208 comments)

I'm not sure. https://www.donotcall.gov/ [donotcall.gov] (620)867-5309

Well played.

Well maybe I'm lucky, but I for sure am not going to post my real # on a site like this.

4 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Grizzley9 Re:Who the fuck (222 comments)

You seem to think everyone of Apple's 500 million customers buy a new phone each time a new one comes out and that their children aren't getting any older to where they also might want an iPhone. I don't know anyone that buys a new iPhone each release even with carriers now pushing that (ATT Next and others). So what you are seeing is the result of only (~80/500) about 1/6 of Apples customers buying a new phone. Let alone the financing provided by the carriers make small monthly payments fairly reasonable for anyone that has a steady job.

4 days ago
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iPhone 6 Sales Crush Means Late-Night Waits For Some Early Adopters

Grizzley9 Re: I just want the new Nexus. (222 comments)

LOL. Yes, we use magstripe and signature still. Heck, I even occasionally see an imprint machine being broken out.

The imprint machine will continue to be used (occasionally) even with chip and pin as it doesn't require a constant, live connection. Useful for when there's a system glitch, power outage, or unreliable infrastructure. That's why the cards still have raised numbers and even after it's widely used post 2015, the magnetic stripe will also still be there on chipped cards.

4 days ago
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Turning the Tables On "Phone Tech Support" Scammers

Grizzley9 What spam calls? (208 comments)

Who receives these calls or any spam calls for that matter? Like an ever increasing number of people, I only have a mobile number. It's registered on the Do Not Call list. I've never, to my recollection, received a spam call. I know this is for scammers and they don't play by the rules but it's been like this for a decade (DNC started in 2004 and I've been mobile only since then). Am I an anomaly? Am I not worthy of a spam/scam call for some reason? My phone number is out there and with every online site I need to enter it in. Perhaps I've just been lucky or this isn't a problem for most Americans due to the Do Not Call list? I'm not sure. https://www.donotcall.gov/ (620)867-5309

4 days ago
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Information Theory Places New Limits On Origin of Life

Grizzley9 What? (211 comments)

environments favorable to life are unlikely to be unusual.

How can you not argue against not having that be untrue?

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Grizzley9 Re:Incredibly bad live stream (729 comments)

Thought I was the only one with problems. Noticed it via wifi and 3G. My Apple Tv froze up and blanked out numerous times. I think I unplugged it twice before it would be responsive. Then the 2nd asian audio overlay and the looping video was horrible, and that was when i could connect. For much of the first 1/2 hr, it was very spotty and then would error out.

about a week ago
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Apple Announces Smartwatch, Bigger iPhones, Mobile Payments

Grizzley9 Re:Trust us with your payments (729 comments)

He later proved that it was possible to gather "secure" information from NFC-equipped phones from 10 feet away, using concealed-on-person equipment that cost less than $200, even when they weren't engaged in a transaction! They just had to have NFC turned on. NFC is not secure, and as long as it uses radio -- even radio at minuscule power -- transactions can be followed and cracked from a distance.

He addressed this by saying each transaction is not the card number but a special one time use number. So even if it was "sniffed" during the transaction, you wouldn't have any valuable info.

about a week ago
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Low-Carb Diet Trumps Low-Fat Diet In Major New Study

Grizzley9 Re:The diet is unimportant... (588 comments)

While I cannot vouch for the Atkins diet as I've not tried it, each of the many times I've done p90x and lost weight, I've found it's about the 80/20 rule as well. You can only burn so many calories actively exercising. Though it is important, you'll fight a very uphill battle unless diet is healthy as well.

One "trick" I found when trying to control appetite when you are getting proper nutrition is to eat foods that satiate you, keep you full. Drinking lots of water, eating carrots and apples, etc. They fill you up with very few calories and then adding protein and some complex carbs will keep you fuller longer.

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Phone Apps?

Grizzley9 Re:I'm not sure this approach is valid (167 comments)

It might be better to think on what it is you would like to be able to do using your phone but can't currently accomplish with the apps you've got on hand.

This is correct. Such as platform dependant apps. Currently, at least un-jailbroken, iPhones do not have a single app that mimics Tasker and a few other powerful apps that Android has. You can mimic some of those functions but right now nothing comes close (though not being a developer, I don't know what iOS8 brings, but it may never due to Apple's OS).

What are some other platform dependent apps that are powerful, but are not on all the platforms?

about two weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

Grizzley9 Re:Classics (382 comments)

Chopper Command is where it's at.

about three weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Grizzley9 Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

That is why I usually reinstall Windows with a pirated disk, using the serial key that came with the laptop.

Why use a pirated disk? You can download a clean windows file from MS directly and activate using the serial key. No shady pirated disk needed.

about three weeks ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

Grizzley9 Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

Until MS forces OEMs to sell a clean copy of Windows with zero third-party crapware, I won't even consider it. I've been a Linux user since 1998, and since then, have seen no compelling reason to part with my money. Fact is, when you buy a new Windows PC, it's largely unusable what with all the Kaptalistic crapware and bloat already bringing the system down below peak performance. This is a black eye for the Windows brand.

Except that it isn't true. You being a Linux fanboy you show your bias pretty easily. You can download a clean copy of Windows straight from MS and activate it with the same key you have for your current PC. That's how most that install a new SSD do it when replacing the drive.

about three weeks ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Grizzley9 Re:Working from home (161 comments)

now, they seem to assume 'you need inet and a phone, anyway' so they want to avoid paying, but I have always had to give my cell # to my workers and I do get work calls on my personal line. would be nice to have them just buy me a phone and fully cover it, at this point (my last job was android based devel and so, yes, we got a company phone and data plan all paid).

I never give out my personal to co workers. That's why I have Google Voice. I automatically know when it rings if it's work or something else.

about a month ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Grizzley9 Re:The memo you are about to see (161 comments)

You could, for instance, have a separate email client for business emails and then track data usage of that client.

I don't know where you work, bur with my job work is about getting things done and if costs are justifiable, then they are justifiable. At the end of the day, if I won't be able to check my work email then the boss will have to wait for my reply, not me.

The issue I see with only tracking data usage is you leave out time dependant issues. I need my work computer to be connected during the working time, even if I'm not receiving any data, that's still part of business, letting me know nothing right now is coming in. When you are talking about working time, which for most is by hours, then your data usage (connection) should be by hours as well. If I work 8 hours out of 16 that I'm awake, that's half my internet bill (minus weekends).

about a month ago
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Calif. Court Rules Businesses Must Reimburse Cell Phone Bills

Grizzley9 Softphone (161 comments)

My large (70k+), international company implemented a PC based smartphone service for employees to use since many work from home. I wonder if this passes their test. I've never used it cause I'd have to get a dedicated headset and I'd rather just use my cell phone but it will be interesting to see if there is any cascading effect on companies starting to use more softphones for people that work from home or are on the road with a laptop.

Also, if phone usage is req'd to be reimbursed for working at home, what about internet bills? Phone usage could be reimbursed based upon number of minutes averaged. But data could be based upon actual time used since my personal usage is more data than work, but time spent needing the net is more for work.

about a month ago
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If Fusion Is the Answer, We Need To Do It Quickly

Grizzley9 Re: Fusion Confusion (305 comments)

We do have a functioning fusion reactor. It has about four and a half billion years left worth of fuel. It pours more energy into the earth alone than a hundred civilizations could use, to say nothing of the untapped energy it pours elsewhere.

So the sun is a big fusion reactor. It's using up fuel and spitting out energy. I've never understood how you could possibly get more energy out than you put in as has been the mantra for any current earth based fusion test. Wouldn't that nullify some fundamental principles?

about a month ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Grizzley9 Re:Remove old apps. (249 comments)

iOS 4.2.1 will soon be four years old. For comparison, Windows 7 will soon be five years old. Few people would call Win7 "old".

They have different revisioning systems. For a desktop it's not old. For a smartphone OS it is.

about a month ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

Grizzley9 Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

Apple having 100% control is the problem, squashing innovation and competition in how App Store's work. If there was a competitor in the App Store market, you can bet there would be a lot of new ideas out there that fixed the issues discussed, and issues we don't even know about yet.

There is no lack of competition in the App Store. You're simply inserting your own bias as to how things should run. In no way are they squashing innovation. There are plenty of apps that duplicate the App Store and do things differently. They just link to the App Store for the download on the back end. Numerous posts here have shown this.

about a month ago

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Sprint to get iPhone 5

Grizzley9 Grizzley9 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Grizzley9 (1407005) writes ""Sprint Nextel Corp. will begin selling the new version of the Apple iPhone in mid-October, people familiar with the matter said, filling a huge hole in the No. 3 U.S. carrier's lineup and giving Apple Inc. another sales channel for its popular gadget."

This could also mean that despite rumors of a September launch it could be mid October before we see Apple's new flagship product launch, too late to effect their fiscal fourth quarter ending in September. "On a July earnings conference call, Apple Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said the company's September quarter would be affected by "a future product transition that we are not going to talk about today,". While that cold be iOS 5, it likely will not launch until the next iPhone is ready to display it."

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AT&T Removing Texting Plans

Grizzley9 Grizzley9 writes  |  about 3 years ago

Grizzley9 (1407005) writes "AT&T is revamping their text plans for new users. No more middle of the road $10 plans for 1000 text messages. Now it will be unlimited for $30 per family plan or pay per text msg at a rate of $0.20 ea. So if you use over 150 msgs consistently you'll have to pay up."
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